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Richard Gere joins Helen McCrory for BBC drama MotherFatherSon

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Story by Jack Foley

RICHARD Gere is to star alongside Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory and On Chesil Beach‘s Billy Howle in new BBC drama MotherFatherSon.

The BBC2 show will tell the story of a businessman named Max (to be played by Gere), his heiress ex-wife Kathryn (McCrory) and their son Caden (Howle), whose family empire is threatened when Caden, who runs Max’s UK newspaper, spirals out of control.

Caden’s actions subsequently have consequences for “the future of the family, its empire and a country on the brink of change”, according to a BBC spokesman.

The series will consist of eight hour-long episodes made by BBC Studios Drama London.

For Gere, the drama marks a return to TV after nearly 30 years when he starred in the hit drama Yanks.

In a statement, Gere – best known for Hollywood hits such as Pretty Woman and Breathless – said: “I’m so pleased to be working now with the BBC on this extraordinary eight hour project with such talented people and which resonates so much to the time we live in.”

Tom Rob Smith, who wrote The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, commented: “Telling this story was always going to depend upon gathering an extraordinary cast.”

He went on to describe Gere’s roles as “iconic and complex”, while saying McCrory showed “heartbreaking emotional tenderness and immense power”, with Howle “one of the most exciting young actors” he’d ever seen.

McCrory described the script as “completely original and full of surprises”, while Howle said he was “humbled to be given the opportunity to portray such a complex role”.

Filming is due to start on location in London and Spain this summer.

As yet, no date has been set for when MotherFatherSon will air.